Manager of Behavioral Health Services

Job description

Hyde Park Campus

2013008 Pediatrics-Infectious Diseases

About the Unit
The section of Pediatric Infectious Disease provides comprehensive inpatient and outpatient care for children suffering from a wide variety of infectious diseases. Infectious disease specialists are experts in diseases caused by bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites. The Pediatric and Adolescent HIV/AIDS Program, Care2Prevent, in the section of Pediatric Infectious Diseases works under the direction of the Principal Investigator and Clinical Director to provide patient care, case management, behavioral health services, and prevention and outreach programs for people living with HIV and those who are most vulnerable to HIV infection.

Job Information

Job Summary:

The Manager of Behavioral Health Services will be responsible for direct oversight and coordination of behavioral health programs and staff. Will provide clinical and task supervision for behavioral health staff including full-time and part-time behavioral health specialists, health resource navigators, and other program staff. Will be responsible for ensuring that program goals and scopes of service are met on behavioral health projects and initiatives under their supervision. Will work to identify new opportunities for clinical program development and mechanisms for funding new programs ranging from external grant funding to third party payer funding models. Will be responsible for coordinating the behavioral health training program for graduate level social work students and/or counseling students including the selection, training, and supervision of student interns.

Maintains and supervises the documentation of all pertinent behavioral health program data and information as required by funding sources and research projects. Generates reports for funding sources and partnering organizations when necessary. Assists in the development and implementation of departmental planning; reviews and/or revises programs to ensure compliance with laws, clinical codes of ethics, regulations, policies, plans, and procedures. Directs or assists staff in general management, policy development, program planning, and/or coordinates assigned responsibilities. Selects, trains, directs, and evaluates staff in area of responsibility. Participates in the development of program budgets and monitoring of expenditures according to allocations and appropriations. Establishes and maintains relationships with community partners for the referral of clients into the behavioral health program.

In a clinical setting, provides brief and long-term psychotherapeutic counseling from a variety of treatment approaches including individual, couples, and family therapy. Provides treatment for a variety of psychological diagnoses and psychosocial stressors including but not limited to mood disorder with or without suicidal ideation, anxiety disorders, trauma-related disorders, substance abuse and dependence, interpersonal conflict and concerns, and difficulties in change of HIV status and/or HIV medication adherence. The Manager will be responsible for maintaining a caseload of 12-15 clients. Provides clinical diagnostic evaluation and assessment of clients. Collaboratively creates treatment plans with clients, and reassesses growth towards identified goals over the course of treatment and modifies treatment plans as necessary. Documents all pertinent information including the maintenance of treatment notes. Brings an understanding of the psychosocial development, the influences of family and community, and cultural diversity, as they interact with the receipt of holistic medical care. Maintains a close working relationship with program medical providers, behavioral health staff, case managers, and health outreach staff. Actively participates in the integration of behavioral health services into other sections of the program including the establishment, implementation, and oversight of collaborative programming and service delivery at a variety of clinical locations. May be involved in planning and implementing special programming for community partners and/or community members and clients.

This position is wholly funded by contractual grant funding which is renewed under provisions set by the grantor of the contract. Employment will be contingent upon the continued receipt of these grant funds and satisfactory job performance.


  • Direct Clinical Services- Includes: individual psychotherapy (12-15 clients), couples counseling, behavioral health support for specialty HIV medical clinics, and documentation of services.
  • Includes: Individual supervision of behavioral health program staff including clinical trainees, group supervision of clinical trainess, and participation in staff grand rounds.
  • Program Evaluation & Development - Includes: Developing new programs and identifying potential funding mechanisms; designing and implementation quality improvement initiatives, planning for annual program site visits/audits, developing annual program work plans and budgets, completing data and narrative reports for program funders, identifying and implementing staff trainings and capacity building initiatives, overseeing data systems and data management for behavioral health programs, provide writing and research support for grant/funding-related tasks and research initiatives.

  • Knowledge of counseling principles and practices required.
  • Knowledge of principles and practices of administration and management in a public social welfare agency required.
  • Familiarity with evidence-based practice methods required.
  • Knowledge of current human service issues and theories required.
  • Knowledge of managerial techniques and administrative practices required.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills required.
  • Strong interpersonal skills required.
  • Ability to exercise discretion and confidentiality while handling sensitive situations required.
  • Ability to provide leadership and supervision to professional, technical, and related program staff required.
  • Ability to set priorities required.
  • Ability to review, analyze, interpret, and/or prepare federal and state laws, rules, regulations, NASW Code of Ethics, policies and procedures as related to social work required.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills required.
  • Strong interpersonal skills required.
  • Ability to assess, plan, and implement intervention plans appropriate for children with learning disabilities required.
  • Ability to identify and use appropriate intervention methodologies to meet the needs of children with learning disabilities required.
  • Ability to develop reports and maintain records required.
  • Ability to exercise discretion and confidentiality while handling sensitive situations required.
  • Ability to handle tasks requiring a high level of attention to detail required.
  • Ability to conduct basic research activities including the initiation and completion of a literature review; data collection and organization; identification, design, and modification of behavioral health and psychosocial screening instruments required.
  • Ability to conduct program management activities including but not limited to identification of grants and other funding opportunities, grant writing, and program design, development, and evaluation required.

Additional Requirements

Education, Experience, and Certifications:
  • State of Illinois social work license (LCSW) required.
  • Eligible for licensure in the State of Illinois as an LSW/LCSW, LPC/LCPC, LMT/LMFT, or Licensed Clinical Psychologist required.

  • Master's degree in Social Work from an accredited institution required.
  • Advanced degree or higher in social work from an accredited institution (MSW, DSW, Ph.D,), advanced degree or higher in counseling/clinical psychology from an accredited institution (MA, Ph.D), or advanced degree in marriage and family therapy from an accredited institution (MA, Ph.D) required.

  • A minimum of three years of related social work experience required.
  • A minimum of two years supervising or overseeing the work of others required.
  • Two years supervising or overseeing the work of social workers or others in a social service environment preferred.
  • Experience working with children and/or families from high risk, low income, urban backgrounds preferred.
  • Experience working with children as a counselor or teacher or teaching assistant (for school positions) preferred.
  • A minimum of three years' experience working with LGBTQ persons and/or people living with HIV required.
  • A minimum of two years' experience supervising the delivery of behavioral health services required. Supervisory experience can include direct supervision of full-time staff, part-time staff, or clinical trainees.

Working Conditions and Physical Requirements:

Working Conditions:
  • Direct patient contact or clinical care setting
  • High stress environment
  • Irregular work schedule
  • On-call responsibilities
  • Requires some domestic travel
  • Office environment

Physical Requirements:
  • Ability to bend, crouch, or stoop
  • Ability to feel, including perceiving size, shape, temperature, or texture
  • Ability to hear, including making fine discriminations in sound
  • Ability to see, including color, depth perception, or clarity
  • Ability to sit for 4 hours or more
  • Ability to use computers extensively for 4 hours or more
  • Ability to make repetitive wrist, hand, or finger movements
  • Ability to climb stairs 5 stories or more
  • Ability to operate equipment necessary to perform job
  • Ability to push/pull objects of 25 to 49 lbs.
  • Ability to stand for 4 hours or more
  • Ability to travel to various off-campus locations
  • Ability to travel to various on-campus locations
  • Effective audio-visual discrimination and perception
  • Ability to safely defend self/or others in hostile, combative situations
  • Ability to Use Standard Office Equipment

Required Documents:

The following documents are required to be considered for this position.
  • Resume;
  • Cover Letter; and
  • Writing Sample.

Benefit Eligibility

Pay Frequency

Pay Range
Depends on Qualification

Scheduled Weekly Hours


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Job No:
Posted: 2/21/2018
Application Due: 4/22/2018
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